In 2014 two youth groups existed in the Garnet and Maple neighborhood. There was a need for more leadership in the Maple neighborhood and the Solidarity staff decided to merge the two groups. The first weeks of Merge were tense. Two groups, from two different neighborhoods, with two different rivals gangs were expected to come together as one spiritual family. It wasn't until the Merge community went away to camp together that God began to break down the line that was drawn between the two groups. Merge is a Monday night youth church that is guided by four main values: Presence, Family, Words of Life, and Honest Stories.
The first step in deep discipleship has come through the art of mentoring. Through IMPACT, our leadership develop program, mentors from local Fullerton churches are matched up with youth and young adults from the Maple & Garnet neighborhood. It is in these mentoring relationships that spiritual conversations start to stir which can lead to a desire for deeper discipleship. Solidarity partners with UYWI's D-Kit to engage discipleship in a relational manner.
Solid Brasil originally started as a small team in Sao Paulo that connected with children who lived on the streets. The Solid Brasil leadership had a desire to see the children's current realities change. Their lives on the street did not have to be this way and so Street Work was born. Solid Brasil works to engage children who live on the street and offer them a way out. The goal is to connect with the children through relationship and discipleship.
CASULO THERAPY GROUPS
Solid Brasil partners with local non-profits and agencies to offer therapy groups for young women who have experienced any form of sexual trauma. A licensed therapist and care team uses art therapy as a means to bring healing to deep wounds. Discipleship is experienced in bringing about freedom from the trauma that existed in their past.